No able-bodied person will ever have an excuse to be lazy again. Everyone has had instances of sloth, or not wanting to do anything for no good reason.
Rene Ayala, a Weslaco, Texas resident, will make even the most motivated among us think we aren’t doing enough. The 45-year-old man is being applauded for his indomitable spirit.
Ayala ran into some bad luck earlier in his life, and was left wheelchair bound ever since. Nothing comes easy as a result of the accident, but he said he’s always been the kind to take on challenges head-on.
That determination is making the rounds on social media, and people are stunned by the ingenuity and effort Ayala has put towards carrying his own weight.
Rene Ayala was in an apartment fire when he was 23 years old. It left him with severe burns and resulted in amputation of all his limbs.
As a young man, Ayala was a local sports hero. He was the star of his football team, leading the Mercedes High School to a district title as their starting running back.
Ayala graduated from high school in 1991, and four years later, was caught in a gas blast that left him permanently disabled. But he hasn’t let that hold him back.
“I just took it as ‘(expletive) happens’ you know? That’s the way I saw it,” he said to reporters from KENS5 News.
Since then, Ayala has been raising a family, coaching at his alma mater, and tending to his 10-acre property. But when he lost his job and was short on cash, his riding lawnmower broke down.
Rather than let the property be overrun with weeds, Ayala improvised.
Ayala has managed to live a normal life and raise a family, despite the accident. When his riding lawnmower broke down, he solved the problem himself.
Rather than ask for a handout, which no one would have faulted him for, he resolved the problem on his own. He strapped a regular, push lawnmower to the back of his power wheelchair and pulled it behind him.
Ayala’s nephew recorded a video of his uncle mowing the grass, and posted it to Facebook.
The video started getting a lot of attention, and before long, a man whom Ayala had never met set up a GoFundMe campaign to buy him a new lawnmower.
“A lot of people have asked me if Rene knew about this fundraiser before it launched. The answer is no. I’ve never met Mr. Ayala,” the GoFundMe page reads.
The original goal was $1,500, but after less than a month, the campaign had raised $4,701. The fundraiser remains active and eligible to receive donations.
After seeing the video, someone Ayala didn’t know started a fundraiser, drumming up enough funds to buy him a new riding lawnmower.
Ayala was caught off guard by everything that total strangers were doing for him. Part of him still can’t believe it’s real, but he is incredibly thankful.
“I can’t thank these people enough for what they did,” he said.
Even after tragedy, Ayala manages to focus on the positive.
“God gave me the biggest blessing I could ever ask for,” he said. “The Ayala name is still going on. You know, it doesn’t stop with me.”
I can sure use a riding lawnmower or a tractor because my wheelchair is really taking a beating… can't say I don't do nothing
Posted by Rene Ayala on Wednesday, December 13, 2017